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Humour and Dialect

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Lover's Lane

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 310

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Summah night an’ sighin’ breeze,
‘Long de lovah’s lane;
Frien’ly, shadder–mekin’ trees,
‘Long de lovah’s lane.
White folks’ wo’k all done up gran’—
Me an’ ‘Mandy han’–in–han’
Struttin’ lak we owned de lan’,
‘Long de lovah’s lane.

Owl a–settin’ ‘side de road,
‘Long de lovah’s lane,
Lookin’ at us lak he knowed
Dis uz lovah’s lane.
Go on, hoot yo’ mou’nful tune,
You ain’ nevah loved in June,
An’ come hidin’ f’om de moon
Down in lovah’s lane.

Bush it ben’ an’ nod an’ sway,
Down in lovah’s lane,
Try’n’ to hyeah me whut I say
‘Long de lovah’s lane.
But I whispahs low lak dis,
An’ my ‘Mandy smile huh bliss—
Mistah Bush he shek his fis’,
Down in lovah’s lane.

Whut I keer ef day is long,
Down in lovah’s lane.
I kin allus sing a song
‘Long de lovah’s lane.
An’ de wo’ds I hyeah an’ say
Meks up fu’ de weary day
Wen I’s strollin’ by de way,
Down in lovah’s lane.

An’ dis t’ought will allus rise
Down in lovah’s lane;
Wondah whethah in de skies
Dey ’s a lovah’s lane.
Ef dey ain’t, I tell you true,
‘Ligion do look mighty blue,
‘Cause I do’ know whut I ‘d do
‘Dout a lovah’s lane.